Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961

Dr. America: The Lives of Thomas A. Dooley, 1927-1961

by James T. Fisher
     
 

ISBN-10: 1558491546

ISBN-13: 9781558491540

Pub. Date: 10/09/1998

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

This book chronicles the life of Tom Dooley, the American doctor whose much-publicized exploits in Vietnam and Laos during the 1950s helped lay the ideological groundwork for the U.S. military intervention a decade later. The scion of an upper-middle-class St. Louis family, Dooley was an enormously complex and fascinating individual. He was a devoutly religious

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This book chronicles the life of Tom Dooley, the American doctor whose much-publicized exploits in Vietnam and Laos during the 1950s helped lay the ideological groundwork for the U.S. military intervention a decade later. The scion of an upper-middle-class St. Louis family, Dooley was an enormously complex and fascinating individual. He was a devoutly religious Roman Catholic as well as a self-styled playboy socialite, a devoted physician to the poor and a tireless propagandist for the "Vietnam Lobby," a shameless self-promoter and a closeted homosexual, a victim of Navy persecution and a beneficiary of CIA support. Dooley first gained notoriety as a young Navy doctor charged with overseeing the evacuation of Catholic refugees from North Vietnam in the wake of the 1954 Geneva Accords. His celebrity grew after his book Deliver Us from Evil, a fervently anticommunist account of his experiences, was serialized in Reader's Digest. By the end of the decade, as his name became associated (albeit mistakenly) with a ballad popularized by the Kingston Trio, he had achieved the status of "America's first pop star saint." In addition to exposing the roots of the Vietnam War, Dooley's story illuminates a broad range of developments in post-World War II United States culture -- from the "Americanization" of Catholicism to the rise of the mass media.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558491540
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
10/09/1998
Series:
Culture, Politics, and the Cold War Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Prologue: The Man in the Song1
1: What Tommy Knew12
2: The Storyteller on Ice in Haiphong34
3: Deliver Us from Dooley66
4: The Vietnam Lobby90
5: A Madison Avenue Schweitzer116
6: Jungle Doctor for a New Age149
7: The Handsome American174
8: This Is Your Life202
9: Where Are the Serpents?225
10: "And miles to go...."252
Notes265
Index295
Illustrations follow................................pages 114 and 210

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